Lubbock Habitat for Humanity hosted a house dedication ceremony on Saturday afternoon in the 400 block of North Guava Avenue.
Raider Red was on hand for the event, along with owner Tamarsha Stevenson, her family and church, and volunteers who helped build the house.
Lubbock ISD construction students did the first work on this house at the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center as part of their CTE program. Stevenson will close the house the week after the grand opening and Hart Moving and Storage has donated a free move for Habitat’s new owner.
The house’s dedication will prompt Habitat supporters to officially launch Blitz Build 2021 on Labor Day morning.
Blitz Build 2021 kicks off Monday at 8:30 a.m. at 404 North Guava Avenue. Hundreds of volunteers from across the Lubbock community will converge on the Habitat construction site starting Monday morning to build three new Habitat homes in thirteen days. The Blitz will continue from Labor Day through September 18 with volunteers working mornings and afternoons every day.
“We brought back the Blitz Build last year as an annual event and built two houses in ten days,” said Christy Reeves, Managing Director of Lubbock Habitat. “This year we are building three houses, and the support from donors and volunteers has been incredible. We still need people 18+ to sign up and help make this happen. “
Each of the three houses has a theme. There will be a construction for the women, a construction for the students for the students and a construction for the Church of the Apostles. Volunteers can select which house they want to work on when they arrive each day. All construction costs were funded by local businesses, foundations and churches. In-kind donations of flooring, roofing and bricks also helped Habitat. In response to the recent lumber crisis, a company that has just arrived in Lubbock, Rhodes, USA, is helping Habitat build affordable steel-framed homes for the first time. Rhodes USA has donated the frame of an entire house and volunteers have been assembling the frames at Rhodes Headquarters for weeks.
“We are very grateful to Rhodes USA for helping us find a solution to the lumber issues this year,” said Reeves. “This innovative approach to residential construction makes our volunteers and our construction team very enthusiastic and ready to learn how to build steel frame homes for the first time. This Blitz will be an incredible adventure.
Three owners have been selected to live in these Blitz homes and will be working on the homes periodically during the thirteen day event. Habitat owners are required to spend “sweat equity” hours doing construction and attending owner education classes. These courses cover financial literacy and other relevant topics. Once the homes and owner hours are over, these people close the home and pay Lubbock Habitat an affordable, interest-free mortgage. Lubbock Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical, non-profit, Christianity-based ministry that gives a helping hand, not alms.
Any individual, group of employees or organization interested in volunteering can register today at lubbockhabitat.org. No construction skills are required. All volunteers receive a free T-shirt. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided through generous donations from numerous food sponsors.